Bruce Elric Charbonneau
Bruce Elric Charbonneau, age 67, resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away at home on October 20, 2015. Born December 12th, 1947, to Orval Elric Charbonneau and Anna Lucile Clapper in Oakland, California.
Shortly after graduating from Eugene HS, Eugene, Oregon, Bruce joined the Marine Corps where he served his country in Vietnam. Bruce was decorated with several honors including a National Defense Service Medal and a Letter of Commendation before being honorably discharged as a Sergeant on April 4, 1972.
Bruce spent forty years of his professional life as a Master Carpenter. Examples of his meticulous and expert craftsmanship can be seen throughout the greater Aspen Valley. More importantly, Bruce touched countless lives as an employee, employer, co-worker and mentor and his life’s work will continue to be carried out by many who learned the craft under his guidance.
After retiring, Bruce pursued a passion for photography and graduated from Colorado Mountain College (Spring Valley Campus) near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with an Associates Degree in Photography. An avid outdoorsman, Bruce’s persistence and patience made him a natural as a wildlife photographer. He had many other interests and talents including his love of music and he spent a great deal of time writing lyrics and playing guitar. He performed an original song, “A Tapestry,” for his wife, Joyce Charbonneau, at their wedding on October 8, 1983, at McClure Pass and again at the wedding of his daughter in the spring of 2007.
The beauty in his person was clearly seen in the way he treated others and in his relationship with Jesus. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Bruce was a complex, sensitive and wholly compassionate man who enjoyed spending time with friends, family and his Church community. Developing his relationship with God was an important part of Bruce’s life, and most who have known him can easily recall times with him spent praying, discussing scripture, attending Church retreats and aiding in the construction of the Church at Redstone and the start-up of Church at Carbondale (currently The Orchard). Others will fondly recall times spent camping, riding motorcycles, taking pictures, playing music, watching movies, sharing a good meal, playing zilch, and watching him chase after his grandkids.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Joyce Charbonneau of Grand Junction, Colorado, his son Beau Charbonneau also of Grand Junction, his daughter Megan Mariani, his son-in-law Stephen and his two adoring grandkids, Jack and Payton of New Fairfield, CT, his mother Lucile Charbonneau and sister Charlotte Youngquist of Mt. Vernon, WA, nieces Renee’ and Stephanie, nephews, Scott and Brian and their families.
Bruce was predeceased by his son, Justin Charbonneau.
Following a private burial, a service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6th, at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale CO 81623 with a reception to follow.
Memorials in Bruce’s name are suggested to the Warrior at Heart Ministry; http://www.warrioratheartministry.org/donate
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